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Drinking Water Limits for Fluorochemicals Years Away: EPA (Corrected)

March 8, 2019, 8:42 PMUpdated: March 8, 2019, 11:50 PM

Federally enforceable drinking water standards for two ubiquitous chemicals are likely about four years away—even if the EPA decides to act—the agency said March 8.

Limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances would take at least 3 1/2 years to finalize, if the Environmental Protection Agency takes the amount of time it’s statutorily allocated to create drinking water standards, Eric Burneson, a director in the EPA’s groundwater and drinking water office, said at the Global Chemical Regulations Conference in Washington.

The substances have been detected in a growing number of public water supplies around the country. EPA Administrator...

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